I found the cigar up for review at Ed’s shop. Gurkha is known for it’s fancy presentation, and the Ghost is no exception. You can read more about it HERE. The article mentions a Rolls Royce at IPCPR, a fancy holographic band, and information about the cigar itself. On to the review!
Wrapper: Brazilian Maduro
Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican
Size: Exorcist 6 x 60
Price: Around $8.00
Pre-Smoke & Construction:
The wrapper had an oily sheen, with no flaws to be found. Off of the wrapper, I picked up an earthy and woody scent, while the foot had almost no odor at all. The cigar was evenly packed, and had just a little give when squeezed. The pre-light draw had slight resistance, and a flavor of bitterness and wood.
The first third required a good sized correction, and the flowery ash held for about 1.5 inches.
The first third had simple, yet interesting flavors. Earth and wood were up first, and it didn’t take long for fruity notes to join in. A very mild peppery spice was noticed, but only when retrohaling. After about an inch, the flavor profile was dominated by what I can only describe as fruit.
The second third saw some change. The smoke feel became buttery at times, and it had a tinge of sweetness. Wood, earthiness, and a little bit of pepper remained.
The last third had a slight increase in pepper, but it remained easy to pass through the nose. The sweet, buttery smoke feel became more consistent and became dominant. The earthy and woody flavors became subtle, which made the peppery spice stand out. The aftertaste had a nice, cinnamon tingle.
This was a good medium bodied cigar. The crazy burn in the first third was limited to just one cigar, so I have to give that a pass. I really have nothing bad to say about the Ghost, but something about the flavor seemed lacking. The last third is really what I wished the whole cigar could have been. I can think of a few people who would disagree with that comment. So, as always, you should judge for yourself. It’s worth a try.
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